I don't understand how other reviews mention the cleanliness of the cabin. It's a cinder block cabin with tile floors, vinyl sofa, hard beds, and filthy bathrooms. There was a film on the tile that was so disgusting I had my kids wear their shoes on day one. The shower was not clean. There was debris and grass on the bottom. Since the entire bathroom is tile, including the shower, I also made everyone wear their crocs in the shower.
I'm not a clean fanatic, but it's disgusting. The "renovated" cabins were renovated upwards of 8 years ago. So, don't expect much with that description. I get it, these are ocean front cabins and they receive a lot of abuse. But my floors had not been mopped in a long time.
Here's my take: unless you're staying in the front row cabins, don't waste your time staying overnight, just come for the day. At $95/night, I think the back row price should be lowered by about $20/night. Why pay the same price for a lesser experience? That's my opinion.
However, the studio-like kitchen had a fair amount of amenities for the out-of-towner. Go shopping at Commissary and stock up. Being a resident, I brought many supplies from home. I recommend: paper towels, ziploc bags, disposable tupperware, ice . . . (I can't remember if it had a bottle or can opener). The great thing these cabins have is WIFI. Yep, as of three months ago, they all have WIFI. There's also an in-room safe. It's small and our keypad was finicky and not all of the digits worked, so fiddle with it and pick a code that works.
The beach is great and an excellent location to take your kids boogie boarding. There's a little inlet where we took our toddler to play. Is it the "Best Beach Ever?" No. But the sand is soft, the waves are good for some simple recreation, and it's essentially private. But don't let that fool you. The local military overwhelm this beach like no other and the "public" part of the beach is open on weekends when the Marines aren't doing their exercises.
Speaking of locals: Our first night was awkward and irritating. A local family had their entire ohana at the adjoining cabin -- well above the 16 person daytime limit. Hawaiian and techo music was blaring, the pop up canopy with lots of chairs, food, people and cars. They woke us with their music at 1:30 a.m. and again at 5:30 a.m. when they decided to pack up their cars. Admittedly, this put a sour taste in our mouth, but we were stuck with our reservation for at least another night (you're required to give 24 hours notice if changing your check out time) we decided to make the most of it.
Our next night was quiet and wonderful. We bbq'd on the provided grill and then roasted marshmallows on the remaining coals. Fires are prohibited on Hawaiian beaches, and I'm assuming also at the cabins since there's no fire ring. We sat by our lantern and talked and the kids ran around and played.
We often went into town for food. We like Serg's in Waimanalo, Cinnamon's in Kailua, and Boston North End pizza. They give military $5 off an entire pie.
Some other review also said this was the nicest military accommodations on the island. Not true. If you don't mind not being on the beach, stay at the Pearl Harbor TLF. Super nice and only $65/night. Or, better yet, stay at the Cottages on the Marine base and get 180* views of Kaneohe bay with a super comfortable bed, full kitchen, a/c and for $125/night.
This facility is managed by Kadena. I have no clue why, but that makes it hard, in my opinion, for the commander to really stay abreast about the facility. Yes, there are bugs, as evidenced by the centipede we brought home with us and caught a day later after he hid from us. Yikes. Keep your stuff off the floor.
I will be staying again with adjusted expectations and with a front row cabin.
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